When entering the 2010 season, the Miami Heat had been coming off of some very rough seasons. The Heat had very high hopes of changing this streak and aimed to do so by signing some of the biggest names in the NBA. Having the famed LaBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all wearing the same jersey could have a profound effect on the team’s record and notoriety.
In 2010 the Miami Heat entered NBA Free Agency and brought with them a staggering $46 million in overall salary cap space. With this negotiation power, the Heat set their sights high. They resigned the now free agent, Dwyane Wade. They also were looking at Chris Bosh, one of the NBA’s top players. After Wade agreed to the Heat’s negotiations to play, the Heat weren’t done there; they wanted more.
There was one player that the Knicks, Nets, Clippers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks and the Heat were all in negotiations with. LeBron James was in very high demand by many NBA teams. On July 8th 2010 LeBron held an hour long special on ESPN to announce his team decision. At the end of the broadcast it had become official. The three Beijing Olympic gold winning teammates, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were all three signed and playing for the Miami Heat.
There was a lot of excitement surrounding the dynamic trio and the start of the Heat’s season with them charging forward. The debut game would go down as the most-watched NBA contest ever to be televised. Total viewers came in at 7.4 million with a rating of 4.6. This would beat out the Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers game that took part on February 2, 1996. Despite the fevered anticipation and excitement, the Miami Heat would end up losing the opening game, 88-80.
The Miami Heat was able to sign three of the top NBA players and had a lot of spotlight pointed at them. While they weren’t able to dethrone some of the highest caliber NBA teams, the Heat have continued up the success ladder coming ever closer to the seemingly elusive championship.